Photo: Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja, left, talks with Vicente Sanchez at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 31, 2013
Uruguayan forward Vicente Sánchez arrived in Denver on Wednesday, and is meeting with Colorado Rapids officials and medical staff as the team looks to finalize details of a contract for the veteran striker. Sánchez, who made his biggest impact in the Mexican First Division with Toluca and Club América, has most recently been plying his trade for Uruguayan team Nacional.
“He’s a player that I know from before,” said Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja. “I was tracking him last year for us, but the numbers didn’t work out. He’s a player who has been at a high level for a long time, and was active in a top league in South America in the last tournament. He’s a very professional player, a very technical player, and he has a lot of experience. I think he would adjust very well to the league.”
Sánchez, 33, played for Mexico’s Toluca from 2001-2007, scoring 85 goals in 242 games and helping the team to a pair of championships in 2002 and 2005. In 2008, he joined Schalke of the German Bundesliga and was part of the squad that finished second in the 2009-10 season. He returned to Mexico with Club América from 2010-2012 and has recently been with Nacional in his home country. He also has made 31 appearances and scored five goals for the Uruguayan National Team, and scored in both the 2004 and 2007 Copa America tournaments.
“(Sánchez) is someone who could bring us a little bit of experience," Pareja added. "We need that. We want to keep building on the youngsters but I think that it’s always welcome to have people leading by example, and pushing. People who have been around, but can still perform and help.”
The Rapids will take on Real Salt Lake in the third and final match of the Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup presented by Mike Shaw Subaru this Saturday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. MT. A win or a draw for Colorado will earn the team the Cup for the first time since 2006.